Nature Resumes Her Loveliness by Lynne Moncrieff



Today I am sharing an assemblage using a Chunkie as the substrate.

In my view, Chunkies are a wonderful addition to the That's Crafty! Surfaces range.They are sold either in packs of 2 or for the ATC size, packs of 3, wonderful value for money.

I continue with the theme of nature which seems to dominate at the moment with me.

That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set Textures Collections Set 1
That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Chunkies - 4.5x9" (pack of 2)
That's Crafty! Light Texture Paste 
PaperArtsy Eclectica ELB - Lin Brown ELB30
PaperArtsy Eclectica - Alison Bomber - EAB06
PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylics Limited Edition Seth Apter Set 4
Archival Designer Series Potting Soil
That's Crafty! Multi-Purpose Craft Adhesive
Distress Crayon Vintage Photo and Black Soot
That's Crafty! Multi-Surface Paints Chestnut Brown
Gesso (try That's Crafty! White Gesso)
Found Papers
Eco Dyed Papers and Rusted Safety Pins
Baby Wipes
Walnut Ink (I work with diluted walnut ink crystals but there are substitutes such as Distress Ink/Distress Spray/Distress Paint)

After assembling the Chunkie, paint with Gesso and then a few random swipes of Light Texture Paste (which are nearly all but covered up eventually!) I set to work painting with Seth Apter paints. Working quickly, I pushed back the paint with a baby wipe, applied walnut ink and repeated this a few times until achieving the weathered appearance I was aiming for. To this I stamped the Texture stamp from That's Crafty! Textures collection, even when stamped lightly it brings another layer to the background.

Lightly, ink up the EAB stamp, stamping repeatedly onto the Chunkie including edges. To this it was a matter of focusing on the focal of the Chunkie, in effect a paper collage with the stamped ELB as the focal with fragments of theh EAB stamp, layered onto the stamped leaf and suspended over the leaf. Fragments of the stamped EAB also appear wrapped around the larger rusted safety pin.

All the papers that appear were either tea/coffee stained vintage book pages or eco dyed rice paper (the stamped leaf). Such papers help to bring a weathered appearance to a project, with the eco dyed papers having been out in the elements sometimes for months, the raggedy edges are perfect for this style of project but if you are not someone who wants to embrace eco dying, you can achieve this effect with sprays/inks and scrunching/tearing papers.

Until next time!

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  1. Dearest Lynne, another beauty from your nature loving heart . I am always in love with the art you create in this style.It looks gorgeous with the different papers, dyed in tea or coffee- and love they look as if, you just picked them up from the dirt,-- isen`t it fun that some of us prefer this kind of shuddy look , I truly do - it makes it so alive :-) Sunday smile from me- xxx

  2. Wonderful background details and layers of your aged papers Lynne x Perfectly pieced together it !!!
    Thank you for sharing the details

    Hugs Annie x

  3. An absolute beauty Lynne. The eco dyed papers look gorgeous against the soft weathered background and the leaf panel looks so beautiful. Stunning layering.
    Fliss xx

  4. Your papers remind me so much of antique shops and attics Lynne, so realistic with your eco aging and I love the addition of that rusty safety pin. I have to agree regarding the chunkies they really are a master piece for displaying upon.
    Creative wishes Tracey x


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